Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic Astrophysics
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-01
Abstract

A choice of Astrophysics projects is available (see advert attached) of which two will be funded.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration Maximum duration 4 years. Funding is provided for 3 years.
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2017/18.

Stipend UK residents are eligible for full funding (tuition fees and stipend for three years at Research Council rates (2016/7 £14,296 per annum). EU nationals (who are not resident in the UK) will normally qualify for a fees-only award.
Closing date 27th February 2017 in the first instance. Applications received by the deadline will receive first consideration, applications received after the deadline will be considered until the positions are filled.

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Research Topic The structural evolution of fold and thrust belts
and its implications for associated sedimentary basin development
Reference number: FNS GS 2016-11
Abstract

Please see advert for full details.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration Maximum 4 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.

Stipend Self funded
For guidance on living costs please see
http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/livingcosts/
Closing date 3rd February 2017

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Research Topic Structural, stratigraphic and geodynamic controls on the evolution of
Carboniferous succession of northern England and southern Scotland
Reference number: FNS GS 2016-10
Abstract

This is one of two projects being offered through the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas starting in September 2017, of which one will be funded.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 4 years.
Fees 4 years' funding for tuition fees.
Stipend Stipend at Research Council rates for 4 years.
Stipend currently £14,296 per annum
Closing date 3rd February 2017

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Research Topic Developing protocols to construct high-resolution 3D petroleum reservoir outcrop analogues
Reference number: FNS GS 2016-10
Abstract

This is one of two projects being offered through the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas starting in September 2017, of which one will be funded.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration Maximum 4 years
Fees 4 years' funding for tuition fees.
Stipend Stipend at Research Council rates for 4 years.
Stipend currently £14,296 per annum.
Closing date 3rd February 2017

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Research Topic Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships 2017
Reference number: HumSS2017-02
Abstract

Keele University is pleased to offer a range of ESRC funded Postgraduate Research Studentships across a number of Social Science pathways, which aim to attract outstanding candidates to join our vibrant research community of over 300 postgraduate research students and 200 academic staff. 

 Keele University is a member of the Economics & Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC) Northwest Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP).  The NWSSDTP is one of fourteen DTPs in the UK, created by the Economic and Social Research Council. The NWSSDTP comprises the Universities of Keele, Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester and provides master's and PhD students with access to funding and quality research training in social science disciplines. Students will have access to research expertise across Liverpool, Keele, Manchester and Lancaster.

For 2017-2018 we are offering a range of studentship opportunities within and across the following pathways:

  • Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work
  • Economic & Social History
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Social Studies of Science, Technology & Medicine
  • Socio-Legal Studies

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rates plus a tuition fee waiver (currently £14,296 and £4,151 for three years).

To find out more about our research, please see the following web pages: 

Humanities & Social Sciences: http://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/

Primary Care & Health Sciences: http://www.keele.ac.uk/pchs/

Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine: http://www.keele.ac.uk/istm/

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,121
Stipend £14,296 (RCUK rate - pending 2017/18 uplift)
Closing date 3 February 2017

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Research Topic AHRC Studentships in History, Literature, Music, Creative Writing, Film & Cultural Studies, Law and Philosophy
Reference number: HumSS2017-01
Abstract

Keele University is pleased to offer a range of AHRC sponsored Postgraduate Research Studentships across the Humanities, which aim to attract outstanding candidates to join our vibrant research community of over 300 postgraduate research students and 200 academic staff. 

Keele University is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, Royal Northern College of Music, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford.  

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), 94% of work in the Humanities at Keele was judged to be of at least international standard.Between 67% and 82% of submissions ranked in the top two categories, denoting Internationally Excellent and World Leading research (3* and 4*).  

For 2017-2018 we are offering a range of studentship opportunities within and across:

  • Music and Music Technology
  • Creative Writing
  • English and American Literature
  • European, British, Transnational and American History
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Law
  • Philosophy
Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,121
Stipend £14,296 (RCUK rate - pending 2017/18 uplift)
Closing date 20 January 2017

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Research Topic Humanities Studentships: History, Literature, Music, Creative Writing, Film and Cultural Studies(including AHRC and ESRC)

Reference number: HumSS2017-03
Abstract

Keele University is pleased to offer a range of  Postgraduate Research Studentship opportunities across the Humanities, which aim  to attract outstanding candidates to join its vibrant research environment.  Keele is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership and the ESRC Northwest Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership.

 

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) 94% of work in the Humanities at Keele was judged to be of at least international standard, with between 67% and 82% in the top two categories, denoting Internationally Excellent and World Leading research (3* and 4*).

 

For 2017-2018 we are offering a range of studentship opportunities within and across:

 

  • Music and Music Technology
  • Creative Writing
  • English and American Literature
  • European, British, Transnational and American History
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Film Studies

 

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is proud of its postgraduate research community, which we see as a vital part of the broader research culture within the University.  Our students enjoy high quality office space within a building dedicated to Humanities & Social Sciences research: the Claus Moser Research Centre, which brings together space for conferences and events, workshops, video conferencing, postgraduate research symposia, research projects. We also have a Faculty Research Office team dedicated to supporting your experience at Keele.

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2017-2018 include:

 

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)
Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,121
Stipend £14,296 (RCUK rate - pending 2017/18 uplift)
Closing date AHRC studentships: 20 January 2017 ESRC Studentships: 3 February 2017 Keele funded studentships: 24 February 2017

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Research Topic Economics and Management

Reference number: HumSS2017-04
Abstract

The Centre for Economics and Management in Keele Management School is home to world-class scholars and research clusters.  In the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014, the Centre increased its grade point average compared to the previous exercise, and 49% of outputs were judged to be in the top two categories – world leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*).  The Centre brings together approximately 45 active researchers and 30 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.  Our facilities include dedicated office suites and meeting rooms for postgraduate research students, transferable skills training, and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

For 2017-2018, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in all areas of Economics and Management, though we are particularly keen to encourage applicants whose research falls into the following specific areas:

  • Applied Microeconomics and Finance
  • Any area of Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • Organisation Studies and International Business

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit: http://www.keele.ac.uk/kms/research/

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2017-18 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)
Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,121
Stipend £14,296 (RCUK rate - pending 2017/18 uplift)
Closing date Keele funded studentships: 24 February 2017

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Research Topic Politics and International Relations Studentships for 2017


Reference number: HumSS2017-06
Abstract

The School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University is home to world-class scholars and research clusters. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), the Times Higher Education ranked us 4th out of 56 in the country for the impact of our research, and 90% of the overall submission was assessed as world-leading, internationally excellent, or internationally recognised. The School brings together approximately 20 active researchers and 50 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.

 

For 2017/18, we are offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in area of Politics and International Relations with a good fit with the research specialisms and expertise of our academic staff. For further details please visit:

 

http://www.keele.ac.uk/researchsubjects/politicsandinternationalrelations/

 

Students from SPIRE have an excellent record of successful completion of their PhDs. We offer a carefully designed programme of research training tailored to individual projects, the support of a dedicated supervisor and a wider supervisory team. Postgraduate research students have access to modern office suites and meeting rooms, funding for research expenses and conference attendance. SPIRE provides a supportive research environment and students are encouraged to take a full part in a wide ranging programme of seminars and graduate classes.

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2017/18 include:

 

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)
Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,121
Stipend £14,296 (RCUK rate - pending 2017/18 uplift)
Closing date 24 February 2017

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Research Topic Law & Ethics Studentships for 2017 including AHRC and ESRC sponsorship


Reference number: HumSS2017-05
Abstract

The School of Law at Keele University comprises world-class scholars and research clusters. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014, 26% of Law's submitted research was world leading (4*) and 65% judged at 3* and 4*.  It is ranked 15th out of 67 nationally for the impact of its research, and 88% of its research environment was graded as 3* and 4*. The School has particular research strength in Healthcare and Bioethics; International and European Law; Professions, Practice, and Legal Education; Private Law, Theory and Practice; and Social Justice and Human Rights. Across these clusters, researchers draw on a range of socio-legal, critical, analytical-philosophical and doctrinal approaches.

The School brings together approximately 30 active researchers and 35 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment. Our facilities include dedicated office suites and meeting rooms for postgraduate research students, transferable skills training, and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

For 2017/18, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in all areas of legal scholarship in which we have appropriate supervisory expertise. Keele is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership and the ESRC Northwest Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership.

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit: http://www.keele.ac.uk/law/research/researchclusters/

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,121
Stipend £14,296 (RCUK rate - pending 2017/18 uplift)
Closing date AHRC studentships: 20 January 2017 ESRC Studentships: 3 February 2017 Keele funded studentships: 24 February 2017

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Research Topic Philosophy Studentships for 2017 including AHRC


Reference number: HumSS2017-07
Abstract

The School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE) is home to world-class scholars in a small, friendly and research-intensive environment. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) 100% of work submitted in Philosophy was assessed as international standard, with 57% achieving the top two grades of Internationally Excellent or World Leading (3* and 4*).   SPIRE brings together approximately 20 active researchers and 50 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.

Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in areas of Philosophy with a good fit with the research specialisms and expertise of our academic staff. For further details please visit:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/spire/philosophy/phd/

Students from SPIRE have an excellent record of successful completion of their PhDs. We offer a carefully designed programme of research training tailored to individual projects, the support of a dedicated supervisor and a wider supervisory team. Postgraduate research students have access to modern office suites and meeting rooms, funding for research expenses and conference attendance. SPIRE provides a supportive research environment and students are encouraged to take a full part in a wide ranging programme of seminars and graduate classes.

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2017-18 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)
  • AHRC studentships (deadline 20 January 2017)
Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,121
Stipend £14,296 (RCUK rate - pending 2017/18 uplift)
Closing date AHRC studentships: 20 January 2017 Keele funded studentships: 24 February 2017

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Research Topic Social Policy studentships for 2017 including ESRC sponsorship


Reference number: HumSS2017-08
Abstract

The interdisciplinary Centre for Social Policy at Keele University is home to world-class scholars and research groups. Our excellence in research has been recognised in REF2014: in the latest national assessment of research quality, 74% of our research was judged as either world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). We were also ranked 1st in the sector for our research environment. The Centre brings together 45 active researchers and 105 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment. Our facilities include dedicated PGR office suites and meeting rooms, transferable skills training and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

For 2017-2018, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities across its five main clusters:

  • Ageing and Intergenerational Relations
  • Children, Families and Society   
  • Communities, Identities and Mobilities  
  • Crime, Social Justice and Policing 
  • Public Policy 

We are also offering ESRC studentships in the area of Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work (deadline 3 February 2017)

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit: http://www.keele.ac.uk/sspp/research/

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2017-2018:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)
Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,121
Stipend £14,296 (RCUK rate - pending 2017/18 uplift)
Closing date ESRC Studentships: 3 February 2017 Keele funded studentships: 24 February 2017

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Research Topic Investigate the effect of sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cells on endothelial cells and astrocytes of the blood brain barrier, in cerebral malaria
Reference number: FNS GS 2016-09
Abstract

Applications are invited for a self-funded 3-year PhD studentship.  This study will investigate changes in human brain endothelial cells and astrocytes in response to PRBC cytoadherence and mechanisms involved in mediating these changes.  These studies will be performed using human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBEC) and human astrocytes grown in tandem in an in vitro co-culture model, using an advanced model of the blood brain barrier (BBB).

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees Please see advert
Stipend None - please see advert
Closing date 8 August 2017

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Research Topic Examining the influence of entrustability-based rating scales on examiners’ cognition in medical education
Reference number: RPCH2016/16
Abstract

Accurate assessment of the clinical skills of trainee healthcare professionals is vital for both patient safety and educational development and fairness. Current assessment approaches rely on observation and judgement of by professionals of students “competence” but are beset by problems: observation is resource intensive; unwanted variations between examiners produce problematic variability in scores; examiners are reluctant to fail poor candidates; and examiner training has limited benefits.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration Three years full time or six years part time.
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates, for three years only.
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time.
Closing date 21 November 2016

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